Johannesburg - Zamdela residents are sick of the municipality workers’ strike - and are getting sicker from the dirty water and piles of rubbish it has created.
As the strikers and their employers from the Metsimaholo municipality argue over whether the industrial action is even allowed, residents are so angry that it has led to violence, looting and widespread power and water cuts.
On July 10, the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) officially started their strike in Metsimaholo municipality, after four weeks of failed negotiations and a Labour Court interdict.
“The strike continues until the issues raised are addressed,” Sandla Mahlati, the Samwu chairman at Metsimaholo, said on Thursday .
Mahlati said their major demands included improved life insurance policies, salaries and promotions, and the biannual replacement of protective clothing and equipment. However, they are also concerned with “selective and irregular promotions”, and grievance procedures.